New State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) gave his first speech on the floor of the Senate this week, pledging to put his personal experience as a small-businessman to work in the Legislature.
Weaver was joined on the other side of the aisle by another first-timer, State Sen. Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines), who replaced State Sen. Dan Kotowski.
The Senate was also joined on Oct. 20 by D.G. Calonge, the Consul General of the Philippines in Chicago. The Consul General addressed the Senate with an update on the Philippines.